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Did you know that your body is so muscle-bound that muscles make up 30 to 50 percent of your weight? Or that the muscles attached to your bones (called the skeletal muscles) contract so you can move? Your body uses protein to make muscle tissue, but eating huge amounts of protein won't make your...
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Probably every day, you see ads for foods or drinks on TV, in the newspaper or in a magazine. Companies hope their ads will get you to buy the product or ask your parents to buy it for you. It's fun to be a food ad detective and find common "techniques" that ads use to "sell" you on the product....
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In today's world of cars, computers, TV and every possible convenience imaginable, it's tough for adults and kids alike to be physically active–and it shows. According to the Surgeon General's report on Physical Activity and Health, more than 60 percent of adults aren't physically active on a...
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For many parents, dealing with an overweight child is a delicate issue. These four steps can put you and your child on the right path to a healthier lifestyle. Be Supportive. An important first step is to let your overweight child know she's OK, whatever her weight. A child's feelings about herself...
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Ever heard of something called "self-esteem"? It's a very important part of what makes you who you are. But other kids can't see it like they see the color of your hair or your eyes, or whether you are short or tall. You can't see it either, but it affects how you act and feel every day. So, What...
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Just you and a friend hanging out, looking for something to do? Play ping-pong or tennis for the "world championship." Or set up a badminton net in the yard and bat the birdie back and forth to one another. Or forget the net and play without it–just don't let the birdie hit the ground! Try a quick...
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Your blood works hard. It circulates non-stop through your heart, arteries, veins and capillaries. It carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells and hauls away waste and carbon dioxide. An adult's body contains about 21 cups of blood. About three-fourths of your blood is made up of water. The rest...
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You probably don't think too much about your intestines, but they're a big part of you. You have a small intestine and a large intestine looping through your belly. By the time you grow up, your intestines stretch about 24 feet long! Your intestines are part of your digestive system. As your...
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Your brain is the commando for many important things you do. It controls your ability to think, speak, see, hear, remember things and feel stuff (like that the stove is hot when you touch it—ouch!). Quite a few big jobs for an organ that weighs just a little more than three pounds in a grownup!...
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How much time do your kids spend in front of the TV or computer screen each day? According to a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children and adolescents, on average, log nearly four and a half hours of TV-watching daily–and that doesn't include time spent viewing DVDs, playing...
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Editors Note: Today is the start of National School Breakfast Week.  Later this week, we'll be highlighting some of the Foundation's own breakfast resources, but first we wanted to highlight more on what the week is all about. By: Dora Rivas, MS, RD, SNS, School Nutrition Association President,...
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Did you know that you've been "on a diet" all your life? It's true! That's because a diet is made up of the foods you eat all the time. Right now, your diet might be healthy or not so healthy. Eating a healthy diet and getting lots of physical activity are great ways to feel good about yourself....
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You don't have to be a couch potato just because you have some time by yourself. It's fun to go solo, too. Hop on your bike (don't forget your helmet!). Take a ride around the neighborhood and see what's going on. Bike to the store and see if there are any new comics or magazines you want to buy....
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Did you know your body never turns off, even when you sleep? So, after a long night's rest, you need to refuel with breakfast. Breakfast powers up your body and your brain. It gives your body energy to move you through the day. It feeds your brain so you can listen up in class, get your schoolwork...
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"Don't eat too much junk food!" Bet you've heard that a million times. But did you ever wonder exactly what "junk food" is? As you'll see, there are different ideas about how to define it. The dictionary says junk food is "food having little nutritional value in relation to its caloric content."...
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You've heard it at least a million times—eat your fruits and veggies! After all, they're packed with lots of good-for-you vitamins, minerals and fiber. To look good and feel good, you need to eat at least 2 ½ cups of veggies and 1 ½ cups of fruits every day (that's if you eat 1,800 calories a day—...
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Did you ever experience portion distortion? Like when you munch on an order of fries that could feed your whole family? Next time, halt portion distortion by splitting those fries with a friend or getting the smaller size. Instead of a mega-size candy bar, see whether the smaller size hits the spot...
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If there are a whole bunch of kids looking for something cool to do, you're in luck! Being active as a group is easy and fun. Make sure everyone has a good time, no matter what the score is. Batter up! Baseball and softball are both great games to play when there are a lot of kids around. And if...
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Meatballs in Strange SauceMakes 4 servings WHAT'S IN IT? 1 (14 ounce) bottle ketchup1 (12 ounce) jar grape jelly3/4 pound extra lean ground beef1 egg1/4 cup bread crumbs1 teaspoon onion powder STUFF YOU NEED Adult's permission to use the stoveLarge saucepan2 soup spoonsMedium-size bowlDry measuring...
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Easy Chick-n-Cheesy QuesadillaMakes 2 servings WHAT'S IN IT? 2 (7-inch/fajita-size) flour tortillas1/2 cup shredded or cubed cooked chicken breast*3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican-style cheeseSalsa, fresh cilantro, guacamole, fat-free sour cream (if you like) STUFF YOU NEED Lunch-size,...
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Are you thinking about "going veg" or already trying to eat that way? People become vegetarians for lots of reasons. Some do it because they love animals or are worried about the environment. Some people think it's a healthier way to eat. Some just don't like the taste of meat, chicken or fish....
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Baked Sea SticksMakes 2 servings WHAT'S IN IT? 2 1/2 cups cornflakes1 lemon2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter3/4 pound white fish fillet, such as cod*1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste1/4 cup tartar sauce (optional)STUFF YOU NEED Dry measuring cupsSealable plastic...
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Do your eyelids droop during morning math class? Do you crash on the couch after school? Yawn through your homework? Maybe you're not choosing the right fuel to keep your body and brain running in high gear. If you need an energy boost, try these four tips: 1. Start your day with breakfast....
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Nutty Banana Bread SquaresMakes 20 servings WHAT'S IN IT? 1/4 cup salted butter, melted1 cup granulated sugar1 large whole egg2 large egg whites2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar1/4 teaspoon salt4 large, very-ripe bananas1 teaspoon vanilla...
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Fabulously Fruity FreezeMakes 2 servings WHAT'S IN IT? 1 (15-ounce) can tropical fruit salad in fruit juices, no sugar added (or about 1 3/4 cups of your favorite chopped fresh fruit)1 cup low-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, softened, but not melted STUFF YOU NEED Can openerMesh...
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Sawed-off ThumbsMakes 4 servingsWHAT'S IN IT? 1 pound ground turkey1/2 teaspoon paprika1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/4 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon light mayonnaise1/2 tablespoon ketchup + 1/4 cup ketchupSTUFF YOU NEED Large mixing bowlMeasuring spoonsLarge, non-stick baking sheetSmall bowlSmall spoonDry...
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Franken-Fingers with Blood SauceMakes 4 servingsWHAT'S IN IT? 3/4 cup all-purpose flour2 large eggs1 1/2 tsp garlic salt1 cup plain bread crumbs1 lb pre-sliced chicken breast tenders ("fingers")1 cup spaghetti sauce (use your favorite one!) or 1/2 cup light ranch dressingSTUFF YOU NEED Adult's...
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So you can't go out because the weather is just too yucky. That doesn't mean you can't play around while you're inside! Turn on some tunes and start moving–dancing around is a great way to express yourself and have a lot of fun. Maybe your dog will even join in and try some new dance moves. If...
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Blood & Guts SoupMakes 2 servings WHAT'S IN IT? 2 cups ready-to-serve tomato soup1 cup chow mein noodles4 (1-ounce) slices turkey breastSTUFF YOU NEED Can opener (if you need)Liquid measuring cupMedium-size, microwave-safe bowlMicrowave-safe plastic wrapPotholdersDry measuring cupsLarge spoon2...

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